DOI: 10.5553/RP/048647002017059001004

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De G1000 in België en in Nederland: analyse van een democratisch spanningsveld

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Ank Michels and Didier Caluwaerts, "De G1000 in België en in Nederland: analyse van een democratisch spanningsveld", Res Publica, 1, (2017):61-87

    In recent years, there has been a strong diffusion of the concept of the G1000 in the Low countries. Yet, empirical research that concerns the democratic value of these mini-publics is sparse. This raises the question as to how democratic the G1000 initiatives in Belgium and the Netherlands are. To answer this question, we compare the Belgian and the Dutch G1000’s and assess these against a set of deliberative democratic criteria. We conclude that the G1000’s to a large extent meet the process criteria of deliberation. At the same time, the connection with the formal decision-making process appears to be weak. Another lesson to be drawn is that deliberative democratic criteria often seem to conflict with each other, which points to continuing tensions within the ideal of deliberative democracy.

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